Indien jy dit gemis het, Afrika 4 Beginners is Jack Parow se nuutste album wat November 2017 vrygestel was. Dit is met ope arms ontvang deur mense wat op en af spring en “Jack Parooooooow!” skree.
One Day is the latest offering from Peter Toussaint – a Dutch guitarist and performer, living in South Africa. It takes the form of a day in the life – beginning with Sunrise and ending with Home. This album combines studio recorded songs with ambient sounds captured by Peter himself on his phone, such as chirping birds, footsteps and the sound of a car engine turning over.
I’ve always been a “mainstream fan” of Prime Circle – I know and still like some of their older, popular singles such as Hello Hello, Live This Life, She Always Gets What She Wants, Breathing; I saw them live once or twice, but I never actually owned an album.
They dropped off my radar over the last few years, though, being forced to listen to other music in the office. So when their seventh studio album landed on my figurative desk, I was excited to give it a listen.
New kid on the block, Matt Carstens, released his debut album 2D Heart in April 2017. From the get-go and throughout the whole album there is a heartwarming and soul-lifting vibe about his acoustic, singer-songwriter style that gives South Africans hope for more amazing local talent on the rise.
South-African R&B/Soul artist Mathew Gold has paved his way to success these past couple of years. His smooth voice regularly fills the radio waves and it’s especially the SAMA nominated song, Taking It Easy, with Goodluck in 2011, that made people aware of his immense talent. His second album, a self-titled release, recently hit the shelves after three years in the making. I was curious to find out how this record came about and how much has changed since Mathew’s first rise to fame.
Some bands are talented and make good music, while others have to resort to silly gimmicks in order to get attention. In which category would you guess Satanic Dagga Orgy, the “Acousticore Polk Funk” band from Joburg who loves playing shows in speedos, belong? Their new EP, The Prawn Awakens, prompted an investigation…
Taxi Violence really shouldn’t need an introduction – this Capetonian band has been making music together since 2004, and their first studio album, Untie Yourself, was released more than a decade ago, in 2006. Since then they’ve been touring up and down and played all of the major local festivals. Most recently Taxi Violence had released Tenfold to celebrate the decade of making music together. This album garnered the band’s fourth SAMA nomination, to go along with their three MK Music Awards nominations.
At the beginning of 2017, the band announced plans to release a handful of shorter EP’s throughout the year. The first of these EP’s, Shape and Form I, was released on the 13th of February, and the 3 tracks are classic Taxi Violence.
Josh Kempen sped onto my radar pretty quickly. In the last year or two, I saw him play a solo show, heard he released an EP, saw his name on all sorts of festival line-ups around the country, saw him again and again with a three-piece band, got wind that he’s signed with Warner Music, and now he’s released a debut album, The Morning Show: an intimate blend of electric guitar folk and 50’s rock ‘n roll.
Good old fashioned rock and roll
Stoker released their self-titled album recently, and it’s a good one. This Cape Town band wastes no time in making their intentions clear, as the album opens with a driving riff and catchy chorus. With sounds reminiscent of garage rock bands like the The Strokes (I think the similar names are coincidental), Franz Ferdinand, and Arctic Monkeys, the album establishes a tempo and tone within the first handful of tracks that doesn’t let up.
But, then again, I didn’t want it to, not for one second.
Francois Van Coke se nuwe album, Hierdie is Die Lewe, is intiem maar openbarend. Dis in-your-face, maar staan ook terug sodat jy die groter prentjie kan sien. Dit laat jou wonder of Van Coke dalk sy Converse ingeruil het vir pa tekkies, maar andersins, om dit in een woord op te som: passievol.